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Old 11-20-2011, 04:29 PM
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X5 M Sport with running boards

Hi everyone, I have just placed an order for my first X5 and opted for the M Sport version. I am just concerned about the "road rash" that has been discussed in many other threads. Mudflaps are an option but they look horendous on the M Sport. The only other option is a set of running boards.

I know not everyone likes them (for various reasons) but I quite like the look. My concern is just whether the running boards and the slightly wider wheel arch flares of the M Sport will meet up properly and the ends? Has anyone done something like this that can comment and perhaps post some pics, peferably on a light coloured verhicle (white/silver etc) so I can see what it looks like?

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Old 11-22-2011, 01:57 AM
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As far as I know, running boards cannot be installed on an X5 with the M Sport Package. I had 3M protective film applied to the rear passenger doors and arches of my 2012 X5 50i. This is absolutely necessary as the paint will chip very quickly without it (I had the film applied after only a couple days and you could already see chipping). The worst thing is that most dealers are well aware of the issue but won't tell you about it until after you take delivery of the vehicle so that you don't ask to get the 3M film for free.
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What sort of thickness is required for proper protection?
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What sort of thickness is required for proper protection?
Check this thread in X ///M forum. The details on paint chipping issue, areas to apply film and thickness of film is discussed there in detail. Depending on where you live, you may have to re-apply the film every year or so.
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